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Landfill searched for missing remains of stillborn baby

The Rumpke Sanitary Landfill in Colerain Township. (FOX19 NOW) The Rumpke Sanitary Landfill in Colerain Township. (FOX19 NOW)

Crews searched the Rumpke landfill over the weekend for missing remains of a stillborn baby.

Officials believe the remains could have been mistakenly thrown out in the trash at University of Cincinnati Medical Center last Wednesday.

UC Health’s President and CEO issued an apology statement and called the situation “unacceptable.” The statement did not detail what exactly happened to the remains.

The unsuccessful landfill search began Friday and ended Sunday, according to a statement from Rumpke Waste spokesperson Amanda Pratt.

The investigation is ongoing, but Cincinnati police say it is not a criminal investigation.

Here is the entire statement from a UC Health spokesperson sent via email Monday:

I am providing you with a statement from our President and Chief Executive Officer, Richard Lofgren, MD.

It is the only comment we will have at this time; our first concern is to support the family and protect their privacy.  

This situation is a tragedy for this family, and we are deeply sorry that we have added to their suffering.  

The situation was unacceptable and we make no excuses. We have offered our deepest sympathy to the family and any support or resources we can make available to them.

I promise the family that we will never let a situation like this happen again. I and the entire executive team of UC Health are examining every fact, every process, and every action to identify precisely how this could possibly happen. We have already begun to put in place steps to ensure that this kind of tragic human error cannot occur again.

Here is the entire Rumpke statement sent via email Monday:

I can confirm that a search was conducted at Rumpke Sanitary Landfill in Colerain Township. It began on Friday and ended on Sunday. Nothing was found. 

Rumpke has cooperated fully with the investigation. As a family company we will continue to offer any assistance if possible. 

We offer our condolences to the family touched by this truly heartbreaking chain of events. Our prayers our with them during this difficult time. 

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